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In the News (The Wall Street Journal): “Thirty-four percent of all adults say Mr. Obama, the nation’s first African American president, has made progress toward improving race relations, while another 28% says he has tried but failed to make progress, a Pew Research poll released Monday found. A quarter of Americans say he has made race relations worse.
“Among blacks, 51% say Mr. Obama has made progress, a sentiment shared by just 28% of whites. On the other end, 5% of blacks and 32% of whites believe Mr. Obama has made race relations worse.
“Shortly after Mr. Obama was elected in 2008, a Pew survey found that more than half of voters thought the election would lead to better race relations, including 49% of whites and 75% of blacks.
“The new poll shows blacks and whites also differ in their opinions on race-related issues, the status of racial equality and the way black people are treated in the U.S.
“Blacks are more likely than whites to say black people are treated less fairly in the workplace (64% to 22%), when applying for a loan or mortgage (66% to 25%), in the courts (75% to 43%), in stores or restaurants (49% to 21%), when voting in elections (43% to 20%), and in dealing with police (84% to 50%).
“By large margins, blacks are also more likely than whites to say race relations are bad rather than good, and that too little attention is paid to racial issues in the country.”
Answer: This perfectly makes sense! For some reason we don’t want to find out what the root of the problem is. We have to examine the problem not only according to a person’s skin color, but according to who he is, what his religion and philosophy of life are. The African-Americans are also fighting among themselves, although they are all black. Their wars are of a religious nature, of Christians against Muslims.
Question: Does this mean that you don’t support the assumption that this is the original American sin?
Answer: It is an unquestionable fact that the Americans have decided to eradicate the differences between blacks and whites and that this was the desire of the majority.
They implemented different education programs in kindergartens, schools, on TV etc. and were very successful in this respect. I don’t think that any other country in the world would take such serious measures for the sake of equal rights between blacks and whites, but what was the outcome?
The Americans, like children, don’t understand whom they are voting for. They did not elect a black president but a Muslim president! As far as he is concerned the most important thing is to fill America with Muslim ideology and with Muslims, which he tried to do throughout his presidency.
First he led to the flow of Muslims to Europe, to which they fled from the border of Sinai to France. What distance they covered and where to? Most of them are not Christians but Muslims and in addition they have been trained, are prepared, and are well equipped.
Obama did the same in the US. Any Muslim could reach the US and not be detained at the border. They were allowed to pass with a passport from any Muslim country, and upon entering the US, they live with visitors rights.
Therefore, before the end of his term, president Obama asked the congress to leave them in the US during his term. He didn’t think about blacks and whites at all, but rather about how to allow Muslims to infiltrate Europe and the US, and he has achieved his goal!
This is the reason that the US is now in the same position Europe is in; it isn’t about the issue of blacks or whites but about “Are you a Muslim? Welcome! Are you a Catholic or a Protestant? Be quiet!”
Question: Is this a predetermined scenario even before Obama became president?
Answer: Of course! This is the only reason he became president.
Comment: But he was surrounded by Jews.
Answer: It makes no difference, the Jews are always happy to assist and to serve, although they will be eaten as dessert at the end.
Question: You and I keep talking about an upper scenario, does anyone actually manage it?
Answer: Of course, it is the upper leadership. But it is in accordance with the general scenario. When we don’t take the management of the world into our own hands, the forces of impurity manage it and this is the result.
If anyone disagrees with me and claims that it isn’t so, I can show him that this is what Kabbalah books say: at the end of times Islam will be the world religion.
Therefore, we have to make great efforts in order to explain this to people. People have freedom of choice to understand this and to take the control into their own hands according to what Kabbalists show us so that it will be a strong earthly control of people who want to be equal, united, and free of any religion or vows, so that only love and the mutual connection between them will manage the world.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 7/14/16
Question: How should I yearn for bestowal or unity correctly when I still don’t understand what it is? How can I draw Light without the right intention? I still don’t understand what the right intention is, what bestowal is, and what unity is.
Answer: Everything takes place in the group where each of the members is interested in spiritual transformation. This is what the wisdom of Kabbalah tells us.
Question: How can I determine whether I have acquired the attribute of bestowal, whether I am in bestowal or not?
Answer: It is according to your attitude toward the friends in the group.
Torah, “Deuteronomy,” 8:12 – 8:14: Lest you eat and be sated, and build good houses and dwell therein, and your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold increase, and all that you have increases, and your heart grows haughty, and you forget the Lord, your God, Who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage…
Constant revelation of new egoistic depths in human nature and their correction to altruistic qualities happens on the path when egoism is transformed to the quality of bestowal and love for all, from a complete minus to a complete plus. “Your heart grows haughty” means that very serious egoistic desires will arise in you. They are called seven nations that live in the land of Israel. It is necessary to conquer them and expel them from there.
In other words, I must correct all my egoistic desires that are still left in me, kill them, and expel them from myself. Then my desires will become clean and correct and I, with their help, will be able to connect with others, with my people. This is when in our joint sense of mutuality, love, and connection that the upper force, called the Creator, is revealed.
But a person’s desire constantly grows, descending lower and lower, and although I seemingly have everything, there suddenly appears an additional desire that says, “Could I enjoy this for myself?”
And instead, all my perception should be directed only to the fact that I please the Creator. Therefore it is written, “and you forget the Lord, your God,” meaning that you will cease to please Him.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/4/16
The Torah tells us how people who keep spiritual laws rise to the level of connection between them that is called the “land of Israel” (Eretz Israel). “Eretz” is from the word “Ratzon” (desire), “Israel”—“Yashar Kel” (straight to the Creator, to the upper force, love, and bestowal). They enter this state and live in it. However, they won’t be able to enter the land of Israel if they don’t keep the spiritual laws.
Therefore they send spies forward who check what these laws are, what this land is. and what fruits it has. This means they clarify what conditions we need to accept upon ourselves and what kind of special fruits the Creator promises us if these conditions are met, and what will happen to us if we don’t enter this land.
A person must reveal all this before he rises to the spiritual degree. He has to understand that by doing so he acquires freedom from his egoism, but he has to pay for it with his huge efforts to unite the so-called troops—the nation of Israel.
However, in the desert it isn’t a nation yet, but just a tribe that must gather and become one united nation in order to enter the land of Israel, which is the state of full equivalence with the Creator,09 in mutual bestowal and love between all members of society.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/4/16
Opinion (DSLauretta, Professor of Planetary Science and Cosmochemistry at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, near-Earth asteroid formation and evolution export): “Yesterday, the media reported widely on the upcoming launch of OSIRIS-REx. While many of these reports were accurate and informative, a few of the headlines were a little misleading. For example:
“Fortunately, as the news cycle progressed, these inaccuracies were corrected:
“I thought it would be useful to summarize the effects of a Bennu impact. The Minor Planet Center classifies Bennu as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid because it has a diameter larger than 150 m and a minimum orbit intersection distance (MOID) of < 0.05 Astronomical Units (abbreviated AU and equal to the average distance between the Earth and Sun) with the Earth. Bennu has a mean diameter of 492 meters and its MOID is 0.003 AU. The MOID will steadily decrease resulting in a potential Earth impact during the later decades of the 22nd century. The tabulation of potential Earth impacts results in a cumulative impact probability of approximately 1 in 2700 sometime in the 2175– 2196 time frame. …
“A Bennu impact would be a major natural disaster. The results would be felt for hundreds of miles with most of the damage concentrated within tens of miles of the impact site. The Earth would be largely unaffected, with the exception of a new geologic feature – the Bennu impact crater!”
Answer: I don’t believe that humanity will be under such an attack at all because according to nature’s plan we have to reach a certain state. Until we reach complete similarity to the good force of nature and begin to see everything through it, nothing will happen to us. Only when we do will the world, which we see though our egoism, gradually melt away and fade away from our feelings, and instead we will have a new feeling of a good and perfect world, which we call the upper world.
Then humanity will feel that it exists in a totally new dimension. In a good dimension, not a bad one, while the asteroids and such are revealed to us the way they are because that’s what we feel in our egoistic states.
Therefore, it is a waste of time talking about this issue and a waste of money developing means to deal with it, since it will not lead to any positive outcomes.
All our advancements, including scientific and technological ones, are also useless.
We will undergo states in which we will draw away from this advancement; states of the recognition of evil in every aspect even with regard to scientific and technological advancement. I am saying this as a scientist. We will feel that our egoistic development is totally unnecessary.
Humanity has undergone all the phases of evolution in order to feel the current state as the recognition of evil, of egoism. Everything we have created in the world was created by our egoism and so we will cease to use it. At the end of our spiritual evolution everything that we have created on the surface of the earth will simply evaporate.
Question: What can lead to the extinction of the Earth and of mankind? Can this actually happen?
Answer: Certainly not!
It is only as a result of the correction of our nature, from an egoistic nature to an altruistic nature, that we will reach a state in which we will begin to see another world.
Our world will indeed turn into a different world, into a good and perfect world that is totally closed, and so there will be no problems.
Then the world as we feel it now will disappear, we will also not feel ourselves the way we do now and will only feel our internal attributes, whereas the external attributes will gradually be nullified and will seemingly evaporate. It is because our egoistic attributes will become altruistic and we will not feel all that anymore.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 8/3/16
New Life #357 – Laughter And Humor
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
What is the role of humor in our lives; how does it help us bring hearts together, create a connection between us, and how can it serve us in the dissemination of Integral Education?
Generally, professional humorists are unhappy people. A person who is more developed enjoys humor more from sudden thoughts about the unseen connections between different things. Cynicism and humor are two different things. True humor developed only in recent centuries. Humor results from a developed person contemplating himself from the side and laughing at creation. Good humor suddenly and unexpectedly connects between different things. That is how these sudden thoughts are born.
Laughter about something must be derived from a place of love. It is necessary to be careful not to move onto the tracks of harm. Someone in the entertainment world knows deeply with great detail about how things are done professionally. Humor knocks down walls between people, opens the heart, because it makes all of us like children, equal.
Humor can be a real educational tool in the wisdom of connection.
From the KabTV’s “New Life #357 –Laughter And Humor,” 4/24/14
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Preparation for the Lesson
Writings of Rabash, “Rungs of the Ladder,” Article 4
Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Peace,” “Clarification of the Phrase from the Mishnah: ‘Everything Is in Deposit, and a Fortress Spreads Over All of Life'”